World Health Organization joins art world to launch global campaign confronting mental health toll of pandemic

World Health Organization joins art world to launch global campaign confronting mental health toll of pandemic

The World Health Organization and a coalition of cultural partners will next week launch a “call to action” to galvanise the arts in countering the mental health crisis of isolation, anxiety and bereavement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Known as Healing Arts 2021, the global campaign kicks off with a week of virtual talks and events on 22-26 March in collaboration with University College London, Tate galleries, Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the UK’s newly formed National Centre for Creative Health, the Hospital Rooms charity and the Saudi philanthropic foundation Community Jameel. The Art Newspaper is an official media partner of the Healing Arts London.

The online events series, hosted on The Art Newspaper‘s YouTube channel, heralds Christie’s post-war and contemporary art day sale on 25 March, including works donated by the artists Martin Creed, Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Ragnar Kjartansson and Yoshitomo Nara to benefit the Healing Arts initiative. The lots include Nara’s 2020 oilstick envelope drawing Empty Handed, estimated at £70,000 to £100,000 and a 24-hour video from Kjartansson’s 2018 cycle Figures in a Landscape (Friday), with an estimate of £18,000 to £22,000.

 

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